Chris and Lisa Kirk started Telperion Farms on 100 acres east of Salem, Oregon. Numerous growing fields support pines, maples and junipers while less common varieties including hornbeam, quince and ume, fill many more. The Kirks also grow over 90 varieties of satsuki azalea.
The Kirks are among the nicest people in the business and they’re doing a great job with their trees. Gary Wood contributes at Telperion as well, bringing his great horticultural knowledge to bear.
You can get trees from the Kirks at a variety of bonsai events in the west, by ordering trees online, or by visiting the nursery in person. I recommend the latter – it’s great to see the trees up close!
Chris Kirk and company
Most growing fields are covered with weed cloth to simplify maintenance. The trees are planted in root pots to simplify transplanting.
The Kirks aren’t afraid to rely on sacrifice branches to thicken trunks. By letting trees run for several years, they get incredible growth in a short amount of time.
Eric Schrader among the pines
Up close, it’s easy to see the low growth that has been preserved to help with future primary branching.
I can’t imagine how much labor it takes to keep up field after field of trees, but I can say that it sounds like fun – especially when the trees grow so quickly.
The sheer number of shimpaku in the ground brought a smile to my face.
Is that enough shimpaku for you?
Elsewhere in the nursery, maples were growing with great speed.
Japanese maples in the ground
A variety of Japanese maples
At one point the Kirks discovered an unnamed dwarf variety of Japanese maple. These are now being propagated.
Dwarf Japanese maples
A field of Korean hornbeams
Trident maples in Anderson flats
Some of the lower fields contained row after row of 10′ high deciduous varieties. Do I see future workshop material?
Nice trunk – let’s take a closer look
Trunk detail – this elm is ready for the digging.
If you’re interested in material for bonsai, get in touch with Telperion.
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